Writing Discussion
Sun Oct 11, 2015 17:10

I feel the same about writing as you do. I am now taking Dr. Frye's writing class, and I have learned how important it is to model my own writing in front of the children. I have to fake my enthusiasm about modeling my own writing, but I am getting more comfortable with it. The children get so excited over the mini lessons and love to write in their writer's notebook. In the article Conversations With Leaders: Principles of Effective Writing, principle #1 of effective writing instruction is the teacher writing in front of the students and sharing their writing experience. Although I have not had a great writing experience or had many classes to teach writing, I know how my attitude can influence my students. So... I try really hard to make it a positive experience for my kids. My students love to watch me write in my writer's notebook also and I really like the idea of getting my students to write in a notebook at home. The articles suggest using technology in writing and I do some writing on the iPads, but I need to do more. I agree that a lot of time is wasted when technology does not work, it is especially difficult when you have a big class like you do. I feel that students need to learn how to type on a keyboard, rather than peck on an iPad. Before we got the iPads, I would use a website to learn how to type and the kids really loved it. Since we no longer have computers, but iPads, typing is a skill that is not being learned. I'm wondering about getting keyboards for my iPads. Does other schools have keyboards for their iPads??

  • Re: Writing Discussion - candithompson, Sun Oct 11 15:06
    I agree with the 5 principles for effective writing instruction. Students need to see writing as an enjoyable time while given choices. I feel this is something that really helped me last year when... more
    • Writing Discussion - Regina, Sun Oct 11 17:10
      • Re: Writing Discussion - candithompson, Mon Oct 12 10:37
        Regina, I was thinking the same thing about keyboards this morning. I tested out a few of the websites for typing and it did not go so well. Wonder who we should ask about getting keyboards? I did... more
        • writing discussion - Regina, Mon Oct 12 20:57
          Candi, I talked to Tommie today about keyboards with the iPads and she is going to let me borrow one to see what I think. We didn't discuss who would purchase those, but I will talk to her about that ... more
          • Re: writing discussion - candithompson, Tue Oct 13 13:55
            Great! She will be in my class tomorrow for Scratch Jr. so I will talk to her as well. Let me know what you think and how your kids like it.
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